Born in Villa Franca do Campo, he was the son of the late John and Virginia (Furtado) Motta. He was the father of Michael Motta and Andrew Motta; companion of Penny Merris; former husband of Janice Carbone; and brother of Lillian Carreiro and the late Mary Santos, Mary Lucy Rafael and Angelina Motta.
Dr. Motta was a 1954 graduate of Colt Memorial High School. He then went on to graduate from Rhode Island College and received his Doctorate from Nova University. He joined the faculty of Bristol Community College as a Professor of Psychology and was the Dean of Student Affairs.
His funeral services were held Aug. 7 from the George Lima Funeral Home, 367 High St., with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Church.
Memorial donations may be made to: Refocus, Enriching the Lives of Adults with Differing Abilities, 45 Greeley St., Providence RI 02904.